Do you want to risk being passed up for your potential dream job? You're probably getting passed up, demonstrated in a study by Ryerson University.
Here's a screengrab from the referenced Ryerson Career Centre powerpoint.
A proper, professional, photo is the most important thing you could have in order to most effectively to sell yourself.
Your profile photo is the online equivalent of what you'd wear to an interview. It helps potential employers weed the bad workers out.
Karin Klenke, PHD has the following to say:
In my experience with LinkedIn, your bearing is readable through the way you write your job descriptions and status update, but ...
your appearance and dress are judged solely on your profile picture!
Through your profile photo alone, you're also instantly judged on your taste as to what is appropriate in a professional environment, much like a candidate coming in for a professional interview might be judged for wearing sneakers and sweats.
As a professional photographer in Toronto, I've been witness to the benefits of having a proper display picture and overheard from HR Personnel how
having a poor profile picture versus having a fantastic profile picture is the difference between being passed by, or actually being considered for employment.
The verdict? The following statement explains it all:
My challenge to you is not to just look professional so that your profile isn't instantly overlooked, but I challenge you to STAND OUT! Your amateur shots won't cut it. Mirror shots or shots from parties with friends won't exactly say "Hire me!" on LinkedIn. I'd go so far as to say that a poorly taken photograph by a hobbyist photographer wouldn't even cut it, not on LinkedIn.
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